When does it happen? For some it can be when we have left school, got our first job, or when we settle down and buy a house, or get married. It could even be that the first child is the deciding factor. We start going grey, we got more hair on our face (whether male or female), our bellies grow even though we only eat half as much and we start to notice the aging process. The more we grow up, the more things (on our body) go down. The idea of an eating challenge no longer sounds appealing. The thought of a pub crawl, or even a late night is now something that you come up with excuses for. What we have to leave the house, it’s getting cold and dark! The social expectation can be hard, when you reach a certain age after 30, and it almost seems ‘expected’ that you should settle down and start fitting in with expectations. You’ll hear that it is time to stop your traveling, get a real job, stop playing the field, stop getting drunk all the time and stoned, hey wasn’t that something we did when we were young during college? Either way you look at it, no-one likes being a grown up, there are just different levels of acceptance. We have to start managing our finances, whether we want to buy a house, or just pay the bills, but even if you’re an eternal child, you’ve got to stop relying on your parents and in that same vein, they have to let go of you. We all make mistakes and we always will, but is this independence, that we yearned for as a child and now, well – we have to take it and make of it what we will. If you’re married with kids you probably sometimes sit back and look at your friend who is going out all the time and enjoying the freedom, and when you catch up they are saying how wonderful their life is. Just be sure to note that they have their moments where they wish they were like you, settled, comfortable and with a life-partner to share things with.